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So I've entered Cape to Cape 2020. Has anyone done it? Any advice for an ex-triathlete with average MTB skills?  I'm not really worried about the fitness part, more so the technical parts of the course. Is there much to worry about? 

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Did it 2 years ago, It did nothing but rain for the 4 days pulled the pin after 2

day one has 2 hills that you pretty much have to walk, heart break and Sally’s hill

day 2 is a long day with good fire trails and plenty of single track, highway to hell is crap and hard to ride the sand trails are deep

 

day 3 the pines are awesome and Jedi is fun

 

day 4 in outer earth is very long and technical

 

we went down last may amd rode some

of the trails with out the crowds and. Role my arm

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Did the first couple and not sure if they changed the course much, but day 1 had a long beach section which at high tide was hikeabike.

Day 2, Margs was epic so the surfboard won out that day (yeah, I have never been overly committed to the MTB)

Day 3 Yep agree with Chris, the Pines is brilliant flow riding

Day 4 had the Rock Gardens which was super technical, fell three time got the shits and did the walk of shame back to the trail proper

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Thanks for the info. The super technical bits don't sound fun. Do you use clip in pedals or flats? I started MTBing with clip ins but find I can't get my foot out quick enough in technical bits so started using flats which i do prefer, but not sure how they'll be for long/steep climbs. 

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I’ve just changed pedals to clip in on one side and platform on the other.  I’ll usually ride clipped in on steeper climbs and use the platforms on downhill/technical stuff.

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On 10/03/2020 at 8:37 AM, MattS said:

Thanks for the info. The super technical bits don't sound fun. Do you use clip in pedals or flats? I started MTBing with clip ins but find I can't get my foot out quick enough in technical bits so started using flats which i do prefer, but not sure how they'll be for long/steep climbs. 

 

On 25/03/2020 at 1:46 PM, Peach said:

I’ve just changed pedals to clip in on one side and platform on the other.  I’ll usually ride clipped in on steeper climbs and use the platforms on downhill/technical stuff.

I've found the best pedals hands down are Crank Brothers Eggbeaters, 4 sided entry means very easy to get back in after unclipping, which is also effortless. I found Shimano SPDs were nearly impossible to unclip once you went over beyond and angle of something like 45 deg. Gravity then works against you. I had a few interesting crashes down trails with my bike caught uphill of me and I was left hanging below. You had to unclip while you still could or you got stuck. I have never had that problem with eggbeaters, a slight twist and they release no matter what.

The price you pay for this user friendliness is a little extra maintenance, you probably need to replace the bearing and bushings every couple of years and keep greasing them too. Though, Crank Brothers have been continually improving their design over the years and I haven't had the situation where the bearing disintegrates and the pedal comes off the spindle (whilst still attached to your cleats)! It takes a bit of concentration to pedal home and keep your pedal on the spindle but I've done it but as I've said the new designs don't seem to do this. However I check and maintain the pedals. A slight overhead but worth it IMHO.

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